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The owners of the Stena Impero say the tanker "was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter" as it tried to pass through the Strait of Hormuz Friday. The ship is seen here in an undated photo issued Friday July 19, 2019, by Stena Bulk. Stena Bulk/AP hide caption

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Iran Seizes British-Flagged Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz

Ship-tracking data show the U.K. tanker Stena Impero was traveling to a port in Saudi Arabia when it suddenly veered toward Iran's coast. A Liberian-flagged tanker made a similar turn.

The United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y. An American terror suspect was scheduled to appear there after prosecutors charged him with being a sniper for the Islamic State. Bebeto Matthews/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Trump Administration Repatriates, Charges Citizen Who Allegedly Fought For ISIS

A criminal complaint charging Ruslan Maratovich Asainov was unsealed in New York City; prosecutors say he was a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State in Syria.

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Hugh Hurwitz, left, acting director of the Bureau of Prisons, and David Muhlhausen, director of the National Institute of Justice, at DOJ in Washington. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Thousands Freed From Prison Custody As DOJ Implements Sentencing Reform Law

More than 3,100 are moving out of the Bureau of Prisons system on Friday and the Justice Department is making other changes to comply with a law passed by Congress last year.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6. On Friday he announced a new election security czar for the agency. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Director Of National Intelligence Dan Coats Appoints New Election Security Czar

Spy world veteran Shelby Pierson will attempt to centralize election security efforts across the intelligence community with soon-to-be-designated agency leads.

With a mobile phone, Kenyans can send and receive money via a service called M-PESA. Now Facebook is entering the digital currency realm. The social media giant has helped develop a digital currency called Libra that plans to launch in 2020. Nichole Sobecki for NPR hide caption

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Does Facebook Need A Humanitarian Partner For Its New Digital Currency?

The aid group Mercy Corps believes that the new Libra currency could help funnel aid to the poor. But critics wonder why the charity has teamed up with a controversial company.

The Kyoto Animation Studio in Kyoto, Japan, was set ablaze on Thursday morning, killing 33 and injuring more than 30 others before the fire was put out on Friday morning. The suspect believed to be behind the arson has is being treated for burns. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Suspected Arsonist In Japanese Animation Studio Fire Reportedly Had Criminal Record

Police officials said Shinji Aoba, a 41-year-old from Saitama City near Tokyo, spent three and a half years in prison for robbing a convenience store in 2012.

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How A 10-Year-Old-Boy Helped Apollo 11 Return To Earth

Greg Force was just a boy when his father, the director of a NASA tracking station in Guam, called home with an important mission for him: To help the crew of Apollo 11 return safely to Earth.

How A 10-Year-Old-Boy Helped Apollo 11 Return To Earth

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Flames and smoke emerge from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex in Philadelphia, Friday, June 21, 2019. Experts say the explosions could have been far more devastating if deadly hydrogen fluoride had been released. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Refinery Explosions Raise New Warnings About Deadly Chemical

Chemical experts say recent refinery explosions could have been far more devastating if deadly hydrogen fluoride was released. Some are calling for a ban on the chemical.

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Hollywood Shoots The Moon: 117 Years Of Lunar Landings At The Movies

Motion pictures went to the moon long before Apollo 11 did, and they keep going back. Critic Bob Mondello reflects on the many films, from 1902 to today, that have made the journey.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives to speak at the United Nations on Wednesday. Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian Foreign Minister: 'Engagement Is Losing Credibility'

Iran would commit to permanent nuclear inspections in exchange for a permanent lifting of U.S. imposed-sanctions, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells NPR.

'Engagement Is Losing Credibility': Iranian Foreign Minister

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The Flaming Lips. Their new album, The King's Mouth, is on our shortlist for the week's best new releases. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums For July 19

The best new albums out this week include the latest from psych-pop mainstays The Flaming Lips, singer Freya Ridings' stunning debut full-length, Houston rapper Maxo Kream and more.

New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums For July 19

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Choosing a surgeon can be tricky. It starts with making sure you really need the surgery, and then finding an experienced specialist you can trust. Morsa Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Do You Need That Surgery? How To Decide, And How To Pick A Surgeon If You Do

When you have a serious health problem that calls for surgery, the last thing you need is the stress of navigating the health care system to find a skilled surgeon. We have tips to make it easier.

"The Dutch State bears very limited liability in the 'Mothers of Srebenica' case," the Supreme Court said Friday. Earlier this month, Bosnian Muslims visited the graves of their relatives at the memorial cemetery of the Srebrenica 1995 massacre in Potocari, near Srebrenica. Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Dutch Troops Were 10% Liable In Srebrenica Massacre, Supreme Court Says

The case centers on the deadly days after the city of Srebrenica fell on July 11, 1995, when some 25,000 refugees sought safety with Dutch U.N. peacekeepers.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (right), shown here in April, will arrive in Washington, D.C., for a three-day visit that begins on July 21. His meeting with President Trump comes at a pivotal time for Afghan peace negotiations. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Hoping For Improved U.S. Ties, Pakistan's Prime Minister Set To Visit White House

Tensions have beset the U.S.-Pakistan relationship for years. The planned July 22 meeting between President Trump and Imran Khan comes as the U.S. tries to finalize Afghanistan peace negotiations.

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